Mike Foster


I knew that at some point I would really be challenged on a critique.  It is no surprise to me that this is the case with the piece that Keith has put forth.  On first look, my thought was that there is nothing to critique.  It’s beautiful.  But the challenge is to look beyond initial impressions.

Really, the only thing that I picked up on looking at the form of the main vessel was an ever so slight flattening of the curve towards the base.  I used my trick of matching the curve with a bezier curve in photoshop to see if this was the case, and indeed it is there, but it is really subtle.  This is a digital method similar to Terry Scott’s glue stick trick (I need to find a source for long glue sticks).

I am not a finial guy.  I have done a few, but do not consider myself even good at them, so hardly feel qualified to critique them.  The finial is a classic Burns, which I have a soft spot for and don’t think I would change a thing with.  The pedestal echoes the form of the finial well, but still has elements a bit different in line with its function.  I like the way the initial curve of the pedestal continues the curve of the vessel.  My initial impression when scrutinizing the piece was that the pedestal and finial were fairly close to the same length.  You can see from the red lines in my Photoshopped image that this is really not the case.  Still, I think that making the top finial a bit shorter yet may give the piece a bit better balance and a little less symmetry.  The only other thing I could suggest is perhaps a flare at the base of the pedestal similar to the one in the finial would give the piece a little more flow and less of an abrupt stance.

This is a beautiful piece of work by Keith that I would be proud to own.  Even though this is his first try at a “pedestal” piece, I’d say he nailed it.

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